The executive committee has been established to conduct strategic planning, committee membership selection oversight, budget review and reports, planning for long-term sustainability, and strategic alliance development. The executive committee consists of senior administrators including one ArtsEngine dean/director from the University of Michigan which houses the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities.
|Edward Feser, Treasurer||Oregon State University||Provost and Executive Vice President||City Planning|
|Leila Kinney||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Executive Director, MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology||Art History|
|R. Benjamin Knapp||Virginia Tech||Executive Director, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology||Engineering|
|Barbara Korner||Pennsylvania State University||Dean, College of Arts & Architecture||Theater|
|Bob Palazzo||University of Alabama at Birmingham||Dean, Colleges of Arts and Sciences||Biology|
|Monica Ponce de Leon||Princeton University||Dean, Princeton School of Architecture||Architecture|
|Luis Rico-Gutierrez||Iowa State University||Dean, College of Design||Architecture|
|William H. Sherman, Chair||University of Virginia||Associate Vice President for Research in Design, Arts and Humanities; Founding Director, OpenGrounds||Architecture|
|Sha Xin Wei||Arizona State University||Director, Synthesis Center and School of Arts, Media and Engineering||Mathematics, Scientific Computation, Media Theory|
|Valarie Williams||The Ohio State University||Associate Dean and Director, Urban Art Lab||Dance|
Selection and Responsibility of Members
The Executive Committee will select committee members, in consultation with committee co-chairs, based on diversity of discipline, expertise, geographic region, university profiles (e.g., public/private, small/large), gender, culture, and other factors. All committee members must represent universities who are a2ru partners and commit to participating in regular conference calls and to completing a minimum of three hours of committee work between calls. Individuals may be nominated (or self-nominate). Committee members who are not able, for any reason, to perform these agreed-upon responsibilities on a regular basis will be asked by committee chairs to step aside for colleagues who are better able to fulfill the duties. All partners are welcome to return to a2ru committee work through the annual selection process when other commitments allow.
Establishing the First Executive Committee
The first Executive Committee was established in spring 2013. The disbanding Steering Committee (composed of co-chairs of standing committees from March 2012 to March 2013, a representative of ArtsEngine’s Directors, and the Executive Director) selected the first Executive Committee from among nominations received.
The committee will have a chair- and vice-chair, selected from among partner leaders for the position.
Chairs share responsibility for committee activity, including working with staff to set short- and long-term agendas; convene, chair, and circulate minutes of monthly meetings; ensure that committee members have the material and support necessary to do their work; follow-up with committee members to ensure that assignments are completed; and ensure timely completion and reporting of the committee charge.
Committee terms run July 1–June 30 for two consecutive years and can be renewed.